Religion in America: An Historical Account of the Development of American Religious Life

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This comprehensive narrative account of religion in America from 1607 through the present depicts the religious life of the American people within the context of American society. It addresses topics spanning from the European/Puritan origins of American religious thought, encompassing the ramifications of the "Great Awakening" and the effect of nationhood on religious practice, and extending through to the shifting religious configuration of the late 20th century.

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This comprehensive narrative account of religion in America from 1607 through the present depicts the religious life of the American people within the context of American society.

 

It addresses topics ranging from the European/Puritan origins of American religious thought, the ramifications of the "Great Awakening", the effect of nationhood on religious practice, and the shifting religious configuration of the late 20th century.

 

For anyone interested in the history of religion in America.

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Professor John Corrigan (Ph.D. University of Chicago, 1982) teaches American religious history, religion and emotion, and theory and method in the academic study of religion. He has served as regular or visiting faculty at the University of Virginia, Harvard, Arizona State University, Oxford, University of London, University of Halle-Wittenberg, University College (Dublin) and as a visiting scholar at the American Academy in Rome. He also has taught in the FSU program in Florence. His books include The Hidden Balance (Cambridge University Press, 1987); The Prism of Piety (Oxford University Press, 1991); Religion in America (coauthor, Prentice Hall, 1992, 1998; 2003); Jews, Christians, Muslims (coauthor, Prentice Hall, 1998); Readings in Judaism, Christianity and Islam (coeditor, Prentice Hall, 1998); Emotion and Religion (coauthor, Greenwood, 2000); Business of the Heart: Religion and Emotion in the Nineteenth Century (University of California Press, 2002); Religion and Emotion: Approaches and Interpretations, ed., (Oxford, 2004), and French and Spanish Missions in North America, an interactive electronic book (co-author, California Digital Library/University of California-Berkeley 2005). He is editor of the Oxford Handbook of Religion and Emotion (OUP, forthcoming 2007), serves as coeditor of the journal Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture and on editorial boards of several other journals, and is the editor of the Chicago History of American Religion book series published by the University of Chicago Press. He recently has written an overview of emotion, religion, and capitalism since the sixteenth century, and currently is writing a book-length study, Religious Intolerance in America: A History of Hatred and Forgetting, and editing, with Amanda Porterfield, Religion in American History (Oxford: Blackwell, 2008) and co-authoring, with Lynn Neal, Religious Intolerance in America: A Documentary History (University of North Carolina Press, 2008). His current research interests are religious conflict and emotion in religious practice.

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